IWF World Championships: World Records Fall

Om Yun Chol attacked a 175-kg clean and jerk on his third attempt in the 56-kg category at the 2015 IWF World Championship in Houston. IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen photo

Houston—Athletes competing in the 2015 IWF World Championships wasted no time rewriting the record books as Wu Jingbiao (China) snatched 139 kg to break the longstanding world record held by Turkey’s Halil Mutlu in the men’s 56-kg category.

Not to be outdone, Om Yun Chol (North Korea) broke his own world record in the clean and jerk, with 171 kg on his second attempt, which also gave him the gold medal in the total as he edged Wu Jingbiao on bodyweight.  Om Yun Chol cleaned 175 kg on his third attempt, but dumped the bar after he stood up.

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